Prevent Your Child from Sports Injuries by Practicing These Steps
By: Corrie Riccadonna, Director, Marketing & Provider Relations
As the new school year is upon us, families prepare for the return of fall sports. A Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence and official imaging partner to Las Vegas’ professional sports scene including Vegas Golden Knights, Desert Radiology urges Southern Nevadans to take the proper precautions to safeguard their children from injuries.
More than 3.5 million children under 14 must receive medical attention from sports injuries every school year, according to StopSportsInjuries.org. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 make up nearly 40 percent of the sports-related injuries treated in hospitals each school year. Some of the most common sports injuries include concussions and other brain injuries, ligament sprains, strains, and back injuries.
While death from a sports injury is rare, the leading cause of death from youth sports injuries is brain injury, according to Stanford Children's Hospital. In addition, sports and recreational activities contribute to 21 percent of all children's traumatic brain injuries in America. Desert Radiology’s medical staff encourages Las Vegas Valley families and guardians to invest in proper protective and preventative gear to help mitigate sports-related injuries.
Fortunately, residents can encourage their loved ones to take a variety of steps to help prevent sports injuries:
- Stretch before and after a practice or a game
- Wear proper protective gear such as helmets, shin guards, etc. when practicing or playing
- Know your physical and mental limitations
- Always stay aware of your surrounding
- Do not partake in sports if you have a sustained injury
By putting into regular practice these basic precautions, Southern Nevada students may enjoy a safe and successful sports season this school year.